#GivingTuesday Announces Day of Global Action for Giving and Unity in Response to COVID-19
To continue to help our most vulnerable neighbors, May 5th has been named #GivingTuesdayNow, a day of global unity. We invite you to join the movement, and make a donation to help us reach our 500,000 meal goal.
Across our service area the need for food has never been more apparent or urgent than during COVID-19. Thanks to your support so far:
- Seniors are continuing to receive monthly food boxes, without leaving home.
- Our Kids Summer Meals sites are up and running early, providing children with their missing school meals.
- Our network of partner agencies can remain open and keep food flowing to our communities that are in desperate need.
During this historic time of distance, let’s show the world we can still come together to help one another. Together, we are nourishing our neighbors.
More people than ever are facing hunger each day. We’ve already seen the COVID-19 crisis result in many families who rely on the free and reduced-cost breakfast and lunch programs unable to provide meals to their family’s table. Every summer we know that there are increased expenses for childcare when school is out, and the cost of utilities rise along with temperatures.
This year, summer hunger started early. Schools have been closed since March. Budgets for so many families are already stretched thin, and the stress of covering these additional costs is very real. The hardships that families often face during the summer months are already here, and extreme, due to COVID-19.
What can you do to help?
Because of COVID-19, none of us are eating out for lunch like we are used to. Join the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington and Share Your Lunch with a child, a parent, or a grandparent in our community. Here is how:
- You can host Share Your Lunch at your workplace. Use the Virtual Food Drive tool on the Food Bank’s website to ask your co-workers to Share Their Lunch (for a day, a week, or a month). You can register your drive with the Food Bank and track your workplace responses. Get started at foodbankcenc.org/vfd.
- If you are not connected with a workplace that is hosting Share Your Lunch, you can join the community-wide Share Your Lunch and make your donation at foodbankcenc.org/goto/shareyourlunch.
Many thanks to the Greater Wilmington Business Journal for helping us spread the word!
In response to COVID-19, as a Food Bank we have made the decision to cancel this year’s Sort-A-Rama.
Right now we are asking companies if they can make a financial donation or host a virtual food drive. As much as traditional food drives are needed right now, we know it may not be possible to organize and facilitate. Remember that with financial donations we can push that dollar further, securing $10 worth of food for every dollar donated. We’re in close touch with the public-school systems in our area, who themselves are working on a plan to keep children fed. There are likely opportunities to support and collaborate on those efforts, and we’re working out those details. Please visit here for updated information.
Sort-A-Rama is a rewarding, large-scale volunteer service project filled with networking, team building, and excitement. Each year volunteers gather at the NC State Fairgrounds to raise awareness about the mission of the Food Bank to nourish people, build solutions, and empower communities while volunteering alongside other leading companies in the Triangle. Participation in Sort-A-Rama builds morale and pride and reinforces a company’s commitment to the community. Join us this year as we hope to make this our biggest year yet!
Thank you to our sponsors!
¡Una Dosis Diaria de Gracias! Agosto es Mes de Agradecimiento a Nuestras Agencias Colaboradas.
August is Partner Appreciation Month
The Food Bank’s Partner Services and Public Policy Department has designated August as Partner Appreciation Month. It is an opportunity for the Food Bank to recognize all the amazing work done by our partner agency network to nourish, build and empower their local communities. We have always considered our partners to be dedicated hunger-relief advocates, but during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic they have shown us truly what it means to be hunger heroes: dedicated, compassionate, and enduring.
To show how much we appreciate our partners, we have planned virtual activities for the month of August. These activities range from sharing Thank You Messages to offering small tokens of our appreciation. We know that just saying thank you will never be enough to encompass all of what our partners mean to the Food Bank, but we agree that it is where we should start.
Activity 1: Daily Dose of Thank You
“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness…” (A. Collette) We realize the power of starting off the week on a positive note. Every Monday in August, the Partner Appreciation Committee will send a Thank You Message to partners via email from a Food Bank Staff or Board Member. Feel free to share these messages of encouragement with your agency staff and/or volunteers.
Activity 2: Daily Dose of Thank You
Tell Me Something Good Edition
Did you know that the Food Bank distributed its 1 billionth pound this year? Every Friday in August, the Partner Appreciation Committee will send partners a Tell Me Something Good (TMSG) Email that announces a milestone that the Food Bank and its network has reached this year. In addition, in TMSG we will include a Thank You Message from a Food Bank Staff Member and an announcement of the winners of our Partner Agency Raffle. Stay tuned for TMSG’s exciting announcements.
Activity 3: Partner Appreciation Raffle
Every Friday during the month of August, the Partner Appreciation Committee will announce 28 winners of our raffle. The winners will be announced in our TMSG Email. To win partners must be in good standing. To see a full listing of requirements to win, please refer to the Partner Appreciation Month Introduction Email. All partners that fit the eligibility requirements are automatically enrolled in the raffle. “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
Did you know that the Food Bank is commemorating its 40th anniversary this year? In honor of recognizing 40 years of nourishing, building and empowering communities the Partner Services Department would like to recognize our partners and their decade milestones. Each agency will receive a personal Thank You message from their Outreach Coordinator that includes a copy of their decade milestone certificate.
Activity 5: State of the Food Bank: A Virtual Conversation Between Food Bank Leadership and Partner Agencies
Date: September 1, 2020
Virtual Meeting Location: WebEx
Join Peter Werbicki, President & CEO of the Food Bank and Earline Middleton, Vice President of Partner Services & Public Policy for a conversation reflecting on the Food Bank’s 40 years of service, the organization’s Strategic Plan highlighting our response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, advocacy efforts and more. Before and during this conversation there will be opportunities for partners to submit questions.
This event is open to all partner agencies of the Food Bank on a first come, first served basis. The conversation will take place via WebEx with an option to call in for the meeting. The State of the Food Bank will be recorded and distributed later for partners to view who could not attend the live session. Due to limited spaces, please limit your agency representatives to two people if they are joining the meeting using separate devices.
How to Participate:
- All Food Bank partners are invited to participate. We are asking that partners RSVP for the event. To register, please send an email to email@example.com. In your RSVP email, please include agency name, agency number and email address.
- If you would like to submit a question for the leadership, please send your question to Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm Thursday, August 27th. Please include agency name, agency number, email, and contact person’s name with all questions.
Partner Services and Public Policy Department Quote
This year marks the 40th anniversary of serving communities with food for daily nourishment, supplies during disasters, and now hope during a pandemic. This August we honor our collective partner agency network. Thank you for providing food assistance, benefit support, programs, and educational opportunities for communities throughout our 34-county service area. You have been here with us, never wavering in your commitment to serving others. Rain, snow,